Schott’s Al•man•ac [shotz-ALL-man-ack]
A meticulously researched and rather addictive annual compendium of facts and figures by Ben Schott, clever creator of the best-selling Schott’s Original Miscellany.
Schott’s Syn•drome [shotz-SIN-drohm]
A medical condition associated with the acquisition of a Schott’s Almanac characterized by an inability to focus on tasks other than reading said material; bursts of laughter; gasps of awe; and alternating delight and horror about the state of global affairs.
A psychological disturbance marked by the uncontrollable urge to quote selections from Schott’s Almanac to co-workers, friends, family, and anyone within earshot: “Georgia’s Schottitis got so bad she called me at four in the morning to tell me it’s the 100th anniversary of the perm.”
Anyone, esp. the owner of a Schott’s Almanac, who is strangely well informed about an astonishing array of subjects: “He told me all about the winner of the Most Beautiful Bulldog contest, the president of Turkmenistan, Japan’s official Soot Sweeping Day, and the Grammy winner for best polka album — all before the appetizers arrived! What a Schottizen.”
The warm feelings of superiority that arise from knowing you’re a Schottizen.
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